USA Today called it «A game-changer for your kitchen». TETRA, the countertop dishwasher commissioned by Heatworks, requires no plumbing hookup, washes the dishes for 3 people with class A performance and has a transparent cover with a beautiful and functional design.
- Customer: Heatworks
- Sector: Large and small domestic appliances
It is one of the 11 companies selected in North America to participate in the Google for Startups Accelerator for Climate Change program.
- A self-contained hydraulic system, able to operate independently of the mains water supply.
- High performance with regards to water consumption and washing results.
- A transparent, completely visible washing chamber with a top surface resembling waves.
Working in synergy and in constant communication with the client to discuss design choices, our laboratory technicians and our engineering staff were able to overcome all obstacles and arrive to a near-final prototype which aroused the interest of many manufacturers which it was presented to.
To date, the market offers a number of solutions that include a water tank filled by user before starting the cycle. Until now, however, the used water had to be drained away into a sink. In our case, we have introduced a second tank that collects the waste water before being emptied by the user. Thanks to the experience of our technical team on issues relating to the design of hydraulic systems, we have managed to create a drainage system inside a sealed tank that can receive dirty water without blockages, and that allows for quick and easy insertion and removal.
A second challenge was the transparent top washing chamber. The customer's request was to pursue a look where the washing chamber would remain completely visible, with a top shaped like waves. In addition to its aesthetic value, this aspect (patented by Heatworks) offers benefits to the washing as well since it creates a rain effect which particularly effective for removing dirt from the dishes.
The problem, however, was to avoid leakage of water at the joining between the washing tray and the cover. Many hours of study and development were necessary to create a geometry that would guarantee water tightness and that, at the same time, would allow the escape of air, which is essential for drying.
In addition, Tetra won the CES 2019 Best of Innovation Honoree Award in the Home Appliance category, the Best of CES 2019 award from Bestproducts.com, the CES Best of the Best 2019 award from Best Reviews, and the CES Top Pick 2019 from Mashable.